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Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids

Amid protests around the country centered on racism and police brutality and calls on social media for Americans to take action, books have arisen as an important resource to learn more and support Black-owned businesses.

Reading provides a valuable look at the past and an avenue for continued research when the protests are no longer front-page news.

“A lot of people don’t really know the history of why things are the way that they are,” City of Los Angeles Director of Branch Library Services Chad Helton told USA TODAY. “What I would recommend is really looking into the scholarship of Black history. That way you can really understand how racism has manifested itself and how it’s become structural and institutional. … All of what is happening is connected to systemic and institutionalized racism.”

As major online book retailers are selling out of books on fighting racism, there are other options for purchasing popular titles and exploring which published works are best for you. Services such as Audible, Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Nook and Libby also provide digital or audio copies for those who prefer or require learning with a different medium.

Whether you’re looking for titles to help expand your knowledge or searching for where to find them, we’ve rounded up options for beginning or continuing your reading quest:

Nonfiction reads

If you’re looking for resources on how to talk about race or to brush up on history and important Black figures, experts say these books are a good place to start.

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander is a “great book to read,” because it talks about the systemic problem of the criminal justice system, says Lorenzo Boyd, associate professor of criminal justice, and assistant provost of diversity and inclusion at the University Of New

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